Santiago, Chile. The city is covered in ash. Three children of ex-militants are facing a past they can neither remember nor forget. Felipe sees dead bodies on every corner in the city, counting them up in an obsessive quest to square these figures with the official death toll. Iquela and Paloma, too, are searching for a way to live on. When the body of Paloma’s mother is lost in transit, the three take a hearse and a bottle of pisco up the cordillera for a road trip with a difference. Shortlisted for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize, this remarkable debut from Alia Trabucco Zerán presents a new way to count the cost of a pain that stretches across generations. Alia will be chatting about the book with Philippe Sands.